Anglers are reminded that ice conditions can be extremely variable. Ice thickness can range from thick enough to support a vehicle to open water. Extreme caution should be used when accessing the ice.
Canyon Ferry: Rainbow trout fishing continues to be good as fish are being caught primarily from Pond 4 to the Silos Recreation Area using black or green jigs or ice flies, tipped with worms or maggots, in 10 feet of water or less. Yellow perch are being caught between Hole-in-the-Wall and Duck Creek Bay using Hali jigs or Swedish Pimples, tipped with maggots, in 25 to 45 feet of water. Ice conditions are currently reported at 22 to 26 inches from Pond 4 to the Confederate Bay, 18 to 20 inches mid reservoir, and 12 to 15 inches on the North end of the reservoir. Adam Strainer, FWP, Helena
Hauser: Rainbow fishing is good in the Causeway while using jigs and maggots or worms 6 to 10 feet below the ice. Rainbows are also being caught through the ice at York Bridge and Black Sandy and in open water below Canyon Ferry Dam on worms. The ice in the Causeway is 10 to 16 inches. At Black Sandy there is 18 to 20 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Holter: Perch fishing is good near the Boat Loft, Indian Trail, the prairie dog town and the bays across the lake from the Boat Loft. The perch are being caught anywhere from 10 to 45 feet of water on jigs and maggots or worms, so most anglers are moving around until they find the schools. Gates of the Mountains is producing a few rainbows on jigs and maggots in 6 to 10 feet of water. There is about 15 to 24 inches of ice around Log Gulch, Departure Point and Holter Ramp. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir: Kokanee action is good with best action occurring while using Glo Hooks or jigs tipped with maggots or corn 10 to 25 feet below the ice. Perch are being caught just off the bottom in 12 to 20 feet of water. Most perch are small. There is 20 to 25 inches of ice. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena